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About the AMA Women Physicians Section

The AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) consists of the more than 70,000 female members of the AMA and aims to increase the number and influence of women physicians in leadership roles and to advocate for and advance the understanding of women’s health issues. All women AMA members are now automatically members of the WPS. Additionally, male AMA members are very welcome to “opt-in” to become WPS members.

The WPS identifies issues and communicates through our network of WPS Liaisons, women leaders who have been identified by their state or specialty societies to serve in this position. As WPS Liaisons, we encourage you to work with the WPS Governing Council (GC) to identify emerging issues, share solutions and build consensus on women in medicine issues. The WPS is governed by an eight-member GC that includes four at-large members and representatives of the Medical Student Section (MSS), Resident and Fellow Section, Young Physicians Section and American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA).

The goals and objectives of the WPS include:

  • Providing a forum for networking, mentoring, advocacy, and leadership development for women physicians and medical students.
  • Contributing to AMA efforts to increase the membership, participation, and leadership of women in the AMA.
  • Monitoring trends, identifying and addressing emerging professional issues affecting women in the profession.
  • Expanding AMA advocacy on women's health and women in medicine policy issues.
  • Enhancing AMA cooperation and collaboration with organizations with mutual concerns, including the American Medical Women's Association and women physician specialty groups.